International Women’s Day Observed in Portugal

Around 30 guests came to a celebration of International Women's Day with the theme “The Power of Woman and Woman in Power.”

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120 Leaders Gather at Balkan Conference

Former heads of state and government and members of parliament attended a Balkan Leadership Conference organized by UPF.

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A Evening of Kalmykian Culture in Vienna

Europe’s only predominantly Buddhist region was the topic of a cultural event held at UPF offices.

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Introduction to UPF Given in Russian Mosque

Muslim women attending advanced training courses in teaching the Quran were given an introduction to UPF and its principles.

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International Women’s Day Observed in Washington, D.C.

Eighty women leaders and members of the clergy attended the celebration at The Washington Times.

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World Summit 2019 discusses Korean Reunification

World Summit 2019 continued the second day with an international conference on peace in the Korean Peninsula and closed with an event celebrating the Founders of UPF.

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Peace Tour Inaugurates UPF in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Press accounts indicate that more than 40 demonstrators were killed in Addis Ababa during protests held just two weeks before the scheduled inauguration of the Universal Peace Federation in Ethiopia. In this challenging and unstable environment, volunteers began the publicity campaign for the UPF inauguration in Ethiopia. Certainly, this was one country where peace was needed.

In this challenging and unstable environment, volunteers began the publicity campaign for the UPF inauguration in Ethiopia. Many times it appeared impossible to hold such an event currently in Addis Ababa. One embassy official who received an invitation advised organizers to cancel the event, since the government had warned its own citizens not to travel to Ethiopia.

The meeting was scheduled to be held in the United Nations conference center, in a meeting room with the full grandeur of the UN General Assembly. With the venue secured, volunteer teams rushed around the city in taxis to deliver invitations to officials and key leaders. One volunteer was Yuko Berberich, who came to Ethiopia nine years earlier. She learned Amharic, the language of Ethiopia and mastered Ethiopian traditional dance, becoming well known for her performances.

Fortunately, the political situation in Addis Ababa stabilized, and the hall was filled to capacity, with more than 800 guests in attendance at this historic event.

Ethiopian music and dance performed, and Master of Ceremonies Mr. Fikremarkos Desta spoke in English and Amharic, and simultaneous translation was provided.

Ambassador for Peace, the Honorable Dr. Negaso Gedada, the former President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, delivered insightful comments, pointing out that lasting peace can never be achieved through coercive force, but only through true love. His timely remarks were enthusiastically received by the audience, as he endorsed the founding the Universal Peace Federation.

Dr. Thomas Walsh, Secretary General of UPF, who first invited couples to join in a World Peace Blessing toast of marriage rededication, presented the peace message on behalf of Dr. Sun Myung Moon.

Mr. Jim Flynn, Secretary General of UPF-USA and special advisor to the Ethiopian chapter, provided a brief overview of the Ambassadors for Peace initiative; then 26 outstanding leaders were appointed as Ambassadors for Peace, including Abebech Gobena, who has been called “Africa’s Mother Theresa” for her work in giving life and hope to thousands of Ethiopian children.

The final commentary was given by Ambassador for Peace Mr. Mamo Widneh, a noted Ethiopian journalist and author. He emphasized the significance of inaugurating the Universal Peace Federation in Ethiopia, as it is the home of the African Union and a center point among African nations. He exhorted all in attendance to dedicate themselves to the critical work for peace.

Ethiopia is a key nation, located in the “horn” of Africa. Its capital, Addis Ababa, is headquarters for the African Union, and the site of a major United Nations facility.

Ethiopia has a rich spiritual heritage, with roots going back to the origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The lineage of Ethiopia's royal family can be traced back more than 200 generations to King Solomon and Queen Sheba. Ethiopia is also one of 16nations that sent troops to the UN Peace Forces during the Korean War.

Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa and one of the oldest in the world (at least 2,000 years old). Yet its recent history has been marked by severe political, social, and humanitarian problems. Elections held earlier this year resulted in serious disputes and demonstrations that turned violent.

To read the inaugural peace message, click here.
To download a report booklet of the UPF Founders' 2005 World Peace Tour, click here.

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UPF Conference Inspires Asian Leaders to Promote Family Values

Bangkok, Thailand—UPF convened an Asian Leadership Conference in Thailand in March, which was attended by 80 participants from 14 nations.

A Report on UPF Engagement with the UN NGO Committee on Spirituality and Values

New York, United States—From 2017 to 2018, UPF chaired the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns-NY.

UPF Australian Celebrates Nelson Mandela Centenary

Melbourne, Australia—Throughout the year 2018, the Nelson Mandela Day Commemorative Committee of Australia and UPF-Australia collaborated to create numerous events to honor Mandela.